Time was when as a young German jewish communist you could train up as an architect, design a building which looked like a pineapple, correspond with your friends and colleagues about the possibilities of architecture, crank out a few thousand units of social housing, get banned by the Nazis, go to Russia, go to Japan and write a book about Japanese architecture then go to Turkey and crank out a few more buildings, design a catafalque for Mustafa Kemel's funeral, die prematurely at 58 and become the only non Moslem buried in the Martyrs' Cemetery in Istanbul.
Now there's the whole troublesome issue of green.
Let's kick it around and see where it goes.
Heres something to get the ball rolling. Recycled denim insulation. http://www.calacademy.org/academy/building/